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Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that...
Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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  • 44
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch

We had lunch at The Black Horse Inn. The pub and eating area is very clean and well laid out, The Black Horse Inn is a county pub with great food. The staff are very polite & helpful. I was served cold chips with my burger, when we told the waitress it was sorted with in a minute, the food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
121Scottwilson
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Cuxton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Rainham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I have visited this place many many times over the years (20+) and it was one of my favorites. I've had birthdays here, family meals, romantic dinners, work parties, lunches with friends etc etc. I have noticed a slow decline in the quality of the food but when myself and my partner came for Valentines Day we knew it would... More 

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My husband booked this restaurant 2 weeks ago through open table after reading good reviews for our wedding anniversary. On arriving this evening we were told there was no booking when told had booked through open table , we were told that always happens! They had plenty of free tables so could fit us in which was lucky ! Ordered... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

What a dissapointment this was, Small pretentious portion sat in the middle of my plate. Slow roasted belly pork (lovely), then some mash mixed in with black pudding, about a desert spoon of barely cooked spring greens and a spoon of carrot puree ( whats that all about?). All for £16.95. £3.00 for a pint of lemonade £3.80 pint of... More 

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Thetford United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived and a table found immediately in the restaurant . Great Service and food. The next day we were really blown away by the wedding venue. Everything was perfectly organised and the meal and buffet were excellent. The on-site rooms were excellent and a great convenience for the wedding party. So in short everything perfect all food and staff... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the Black Horse in Thurnham for my grandson's first birthday. We chose to sit outside and were promptly given a high chair. Our order was taken by a friendly waitress and our food arrived quickly. There were seven of us and we all chose different meals. All commented on how good the food was.

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Kent
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This was about our 6th visit and probably our last. The menu is pretty basic and limited but normally the food is ok, however, not tonight we ordered drinks and the White wine was not drinkable I had to give it back and request a different wine. When the waitress bought the new glass of wine back she said that... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Plaice with brown shrimp butter and samphire? Difficult to identify as such. An over cooked flatish fish is the closest I can get. Three or four shrimps no butter. Chopped green beans and broccoli a poor substitute for samphire. My daughters fish pie had great texture and good content but contained so much salt it left the inside of my... More 

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Cuxton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had lunch at The Black Horse Inn. The pub and eating area is very clean and well laid out, The Black Horse Inn is a county pub with great food. The staff are very polite & helpful. I was served cold chips with my burger, when we told the waitress it was sorted with in a minute, the food... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Good food, good service, lovely atmosphere, pleasant surroundings A little noisy at times, Quiet location, outside seating.

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Hardcastle Crags
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We booked a table here because it was one of the places we could find that was open on a Sunday evening. Having read a couple of reviews and been recommended the Black Horse it seemed like a good choice. The staff seemed busy when we arrived even though there were few customers in at the time: probably clearing up... More 

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Additional Information about The Black Horse Inn Restaurant

Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
Phone Number: +44(0)1622 737185
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Thurnham
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: British, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Thurnham
  • Phone Number: +44(0)1622 737185

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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